Marloth Nature Reserve

Marloth Nature Reserve Mountain
Marloth Nature Reserve Mountain

The beautiful Marloth Nature Reserve is situated in the majestic Langeberg mountains bordering Swellendam. The mountainous reserve is 14 123 hectares in size and is a World Heritage Site. As the De Hoop Nature Reserve, it is one of the many Cape Nature reserves.

The main flora in the nature reserve is fynbos with patches of forest. This includes more than 25 species of erica and a few species of protea. Most of these flower during November. The reserve is lush and green all year round.


The reserve has numerous hiking, mountain biking and running trails as well as a diversity of birds and other wildlife.

The reserve is open from sunrise to sunset, weather permitting.

1. Hiking Trails

The hiking trails range in difficulty for beginners to veterans. The shorter hiking trails will take about 1,5 hours to complete, where the longer trails will take up to 5 days to complete.

  • Duiwelsbos - 2km
  • Koloniesbos - 2km
  • Plaat East - 5km
  • Plaat West - 5.2km
  • Tienuurkop - 8km
  • Plaat - 9km
  • Twaalfuurkop - 12km
  • 2 day Hiking Trail
  • 5 day Hiking Trail
Marloth Nature Reserve Protea
Marloth Nature Reserve Protea

2. Mountain Biking

The bike trails vary from easy to more advanced. Details are available from the reserve office.

3. Horse Riding

Nearby private operators provide horses and guided trails. Details are available at the reserve office.

4. Birding and Wildlife

The area is rich with a diversity of birdlife to satisfy any birder, with about 114 species recorded, including the African Fish Eagle, Black Eagle, Wood Owl, Red-Winged Francolin, Tambourine Dove, Cape Sugarbird, Greater Double-collared Sunbird and four different species of woodpecker.

The nature reserve is also home to many small mammals, including the grey rhebok, common duiker, baboon, mongoose, klipspringer, caracal, porcupine, dassie and hare.


Enter the reserve from the Marloth Main Office, situated near the Swellendam Golf Course. Get your hiking permits at the Marloth Main Office. A small conservation fee is payable on entering the reserve.

See below for a map directions.

Download the Marloth Nature Reserve brochure to find out more.

For more tidbits about the reserve and the area have a look at Wine On The Veranda: A Stunt Performer, JHG Chardonnay and Swellendam Tourism


Let me know in the comments if you enjoyed your time at the Marloth Nature Reserve.

2 Thoughts to “Marloth Nature Reserve”

  1. Ronel

    Love the article!

    1. Ryno Myburgh

      Thank you Ronel. Check back soon, I will be doing an article for every hiking trail soon.

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